Mauritian duck

The bird became extinct on both islands almost simultaneously and for the same reason: overhunting. On Mauritus, the grey teals were found in great numbers in 1681, but in 1693, Leguat found wild ducks to be already rare. In 1696, governor Deodati mentioned the species for the last time to be extant. On Réunion, the species is last mentioned to occur in quantity in de la Merveille's 1709 listing of the island's wildlife, but as Feuilley had not listed waterfowl in his 1705 report, de la Merveille's record is obviously based on obsolete hearsay information. The last reliable Réunion record of the species appears to be the report of Père Bernardin in 1687; thus, the date of extinction can be assumed to be the late 1690s on Mauritius, and a few years earlier on Réunion.

The Mauritian duck is classified as Extinct (EX), there is no reasonable doubt that the last individual has died.

The Mauritian Duck or Sauzier's Teal (Anas theodori) is an extinct dabbling duck that formerly occurred on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion. It was a small teal of the Anas gibberifrons superspecies of the Anas subgenus Nettion. Its closest relative is probably Bernier's Teal from Madagascar, and apart from having stronger wings and being considerably bigger (between a Sunda Teal and a mallard in size) it seems to have looked very similar to that species. More

Mauritian Duck - My Adaption = Recipe submitted by Honeypot - Mauritian Duck - My Adaption This is adapted from a recipe I saw on the television. Although I liked the sauce it was too spicy for my family, so I made some adjustments and mellowed it down for them to enjoy. This version is hopefully a little more family friendly. More

The Mauritian duck (Anas theodori) is known from explorer's accounts and bones and was presumably hunted to extinction c. 1700. The Reunion shelduck (Alopochen kervazoi) also became extinct c. 1700 and the Reunion night heron (Nycticorax duboisi) was last recorded in 1761. More

Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Anas
Species : theodori
Authority : Newton & Gadow, 1893